Art Quimby

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Art Quimby
Art Quimby.jpg
No. 25
Center
Personal information
Born (1933-07-01)July 1, 1933
Died December 6, 2010(2010-12-06) (aged 77)
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Career information
High school Bulkeley (New London, Connecticut)
College Connecticut (1951–1955)
NBA draft 1955 / Round: 7 / Pick: 48th overall
Selected by the Rochester Royals
Career highlights and awards

Arthur R. "Art" Quimby (July 1, 1933 – December 6, 2010)[1] was an American college basketball standout from the University of Connecticut. He played for the Huskies from 1951–52 to 1954–55 and is still the program's all-time leader in rebounds for a single game (40), single season (611) and career (1,716).[2][3] He also owns the single season and career rebounding averages (24.4 and 21.5 per game, respectively).[2] Quimby's combined career point and rebound totals (3,114) are more than any other Connecticut player.[3]

Early life[edit]

A native of New London, Connecticut, Quimby attended the Bulkeley School, which was a small all-boys school whose basketball program was generally very good.[2] He led the team to undefeated state and New England championships as a senior and was heavily recruited by college teams.[2] Quimby was initially going to attend the University of Kentucky (UK) to play for Adolph Rupp, but due to a scandal at UK he decided to attend Connecticut.[2]

College[edit]

During Quimby's career as a Huskie he compiled an 80–19 overall record.[3] He led them to four Yankee Conference championships and was a three-time First Team All-Conference selection.[3] During his junior and senior seasons, Quimby led the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in total rebounds. As a junior, he led the nation in rebounding average.[4] In 1954, Connecticut earned a berth in the NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament, and in 1955 they earned their first-ever National Invitation Tournament (NIT) bid.[3] They lost the opening round games of each tournament.

Later life[edit]

After his college career ended, Quimby was selected by the Rochester Royals in the 1955 NBA draft after his territorial rights had been traded by the Boston Celtics.[2] There was not enough money in professional basketball at the time for Quimby to want to play, so instead he spent the rest of his life as an educator after service with the military, serving in the Army Reserve as an officer.[2][3]

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Statistics[edit]

Art Quimby Statistics[5] at University of Connecticut
Year G FG FGA PCT 3FG 3FGA PCT FT FTA PCT REB AVG A TO B S MIN PTS AVG
1951-52 27 18 74 0.243 N/A 8 15 0.533 87 3.22 44 1.6
1952-53 21 125 307 0.407 N/A 100 168 0.595 430 20.47 350 16.7
1953-54 26 158 N/A 107 588 22.61 423 16.3
1954-55 25 227 546 0.415 N/A 127 248 0.512 611 24.44 581 23.2
Totals 99 528 N/A 342 1,716 21.5 1,398 14.12

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Former UConn basketball star Art Quimby dies at 77". washingtonpost.com. The Washington Post Company. December 7, 2010. Retrieved December 8, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Art Quimby". UConn Hoop Legends. 2009. Retrieved August 20, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Six Centers Span Six Decades On UConn Men's Basketball All-Century Team". uconnhuskies.com. CBS Interactive. 2010. Retrieved August 20, 2010. 
  4. ^ "2009–10 NCAA Men's Basketball Records" (PDF). 2009–10 NCAA Men's Basketball Media Guide. National Collegiate Athletic Association. 2009. Retrieved August 20, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Art Quimby '51-55". HuskiesHoops.com. 2010. Retrieved August 20, 2010. 

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